Rio Ferdinand tears into ‘lazy’ Man City star during Chelsea Champions League final
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BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand has blasted Manchester City left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko for not following his runner as Kai Havertz scored the opening goal for Chelsea during the Champions League final.
Mason Mount threaded a brilliant through ball that split the City defence in two.
Havertz burst through on goal and took the ball around Ederson before slotting it into an empty net.
Zinchenko was blasted by Ferdinand at half-time and he did not hold back in his criticism.
“Zinchenko has to go with him here, he’s at the bottom of the picture with him there,” the former Manchester United defender said.
“It’s lazy defending, go with your man, or if he stands in there and marks him, that ball doesn’t get played through.”
Ex-City centre-back Joleon Lescott was also unhappy with the Ukranian.
“I don’t know what he’s thinking about,” he added. “It’s a great ball, great touch from Mount and a great run, but as a full-back, you’ve got to be inside of him because if he is then Mount doesn’t play that ball.”
Chelsea had many chances in the first half with Timo Werner missed two big opportunities.
“It’s been fantastic. A chess match is what we said before the game,” Ferdinand explained.
“When City have been in possession, Chelsea’s midfield has been 17 yards is what they’ve got between the back line and the front line there.
“There’s no gaps in the Chelsea midfield, you cannot play through it, you can’t play around it, they can play over it maybe, but City haven’t taken the opportunities.”
Ahead of the match Ferdinand picked out Mount and Phil Foden as the two talents who would affect the match.
“This is the biggest club game in Europe and we’re here talking about two young, homegrown talents, never been seen before that, never been done,” he said.
“It’s testament to these two boys, the way they’ve come in this season and really took the Premier League by storm.
“Every time I’ve seen Chelsea, Mason Mount has been one of the top two or three best players in that team. Every time I see Foden play, he does something in that game that makes you go: ‘Ooo’.”
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